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Lawmakers react to Court’s decision, political ramifications

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(06/28/12) - Everyone in Washington is talking about the political ramifications of the Supreme Court's decision.

"I think it's something the [Obama] Administration rightfully can take some credit for sticking with this," said Democratic Senator Carl Levin.

Levin says he's pleased the Supreme Court upheld the health care law and the individual mandate.

"There are some very, very significant parts of this bill that I don't think the American public will want to give up on when the Republicans try to repeal ‘Obamacare,'" Levin said.

But Republican Rep. Candice Miller said, "I believe I need to represent the will of the constituents in my congressional district, and they have made it very clear to me that this is an unpopular law."

Miller says she respects the Court's ruling, but says she also respects the rule of the people, so she will vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, Miller's Republican colleague, Rep. Dave Camp, says he's not happy the individual mandate was upheld in the form of a tax.

"That to me seems an expansion of the powers that our founders envisioned, and really does limit the individual freedoms we've enjoyed as a nation for so long," Camp said.

But Levin has a different take on it.

"This is not a tax on the American people, this is a tax or fee on a very small percentage of the American people who don't have health insurance who can afford it, and by God, should pay for health insurance," Levin said.

Less than an hour after the Court announced its decision, House leaders said they're scheduling a vote to repeal the entire health care law soon.

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